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April 26, 2014

Category: Museums & Visual Arts

Mary Pratt

Mary Pratt has become one of Canada’s most distinguished artists, celebrated for her work with familiar subject matter and domestic still lifes. The deceptively simple bliss of these scenes reveals a sophisticated approach to everyday life. Her works are skillfully executed and present nuances of tone, brushstroke, angle and choice of subject that leave viewers of Pratt’s images with a sense of wonder and occasional unease. These substantial artworks have multi-layered meanings for the artist, and for the viewers who encounter the range, subtlety and power of this remarkable painter. At once highly contemporary and deeply rooted in the traditions of art history, Pratt’s work reveals the breadth of emotion, skill and maturity that she brings to her practice.

The exhibition Mary Pratt is not a retrospective in the customary sense of the word. Concentrating on Pratt’s oils and mixed media paintings, the exhibition juxtaposes more than sixty works from different times in Pratt’s career. It mirrors the manner in which she approaches her subject—as an interwoven conversation of themes. Despite describing herself as “consistently inconsistent,” Pratt has enduring preoccupations. Her time is not dictated by clocks but rather numbered by daily rituals and the act of making ready. Pratt dwells on her surroundings, allowing a sideways autobiography through the objects and individuals that encompass her.

Touring nationally, the exhibition allows visitors across the country to view widely recognized as well as rarely seen works from the past five decades, gathered from private and public collections. It showcases Pratt’s “tougher” paintings (to use her own description of them) alongside allusive works, all embodying the intensity and compassion with which she views her world.

For more details: www.mcmichael.com/marypratt/

Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection — 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario

 
Start: January 18, 2014
End: April 27, 2014
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Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography

In 1977, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) purchased its first photograph: Arnold Newman’s collage portrait of Henry Moore, a fitting complement to the 1974 gift of Moore’s plasters to the gallery. This purchase marked the initial focus for collecting photography at the gallery: portraits of artists. The photography holdings have since grown to number more than 50,000 works. Though the collection now spans the wide reach and long history of the medium, portraits remain one of its strongest threads.

In Part II of Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography – a show that Toronto Star art critic Murray Whyte called “utterly beguiling” – discover a fresh selection of more than 120 portraits from the AGO’s permanent collection, along with select loans from local private collections. Organized under two new propositions, these works showcase the descriptive power of the medium but also its malleability.

“We are Not Ourselves” highlights the ways artists have manipulated photographic materials to create or reveal strange states of being. Through collage, long exposure, darkroom doubling and retouching, among other techniques, each of these photographs lead us from the realm of the familiar and recognizable to other more mysterious planes of existence.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: October 26, 2013
End: May 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

What’s So Funny? Recent Acquisitions of Humorous Art

December 21, 2013 – May 2014.

In 1976 the Trier-Fodor Foundation gave the Art Gallery of Ontario more than 1100 works by the humorist and illustrator Walter Trier. The gift was accompanied by an endowment to support the acquisition and exhibition of humorous, satirical and illustrative graphic art. More than 500 prints and drawings, representing highlights in the history of caricature, have been purchased with this fund. This installation features works that have been acquired in the past five years, which date from the late 1700s to the early 1800s.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: December 21, 2013
End: May 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

Hot Docs

April 24 – May 4, 2014. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival. Each year the festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge docs from Canada & around the globe, reaching audiences of over 180,000.

Please consult website for locations and movies: www.hotdocs.ca

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Start: April 24, 2014
End: May 4, 2014
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Location: Hot Docs

This Is Not A Toy: The Urban Vinyl Phenomenon

February 6 – May 18, 2014.

Location: DX Exhibit Hall, Design Exchange — 234 Bay Street

Curators: DX Associate Curator, Sara Nickleson; Guest Curators John Wee
Tom and music icon Pharrell Williams.

This Is Not A Toy takes its name from the disclaimer found on packaging for objects geared to adults
or which might be harmful to young children – they may be called toys, but they are not intended for
play. The title also references Rene Magritte’s Ceci N’est Pas Un Pipe, one of the seminal works of
art of the 20th century, which plays with the Duchampian notion of object, semantics and context in
determining a work’s meaning and significance. Each of these theoretical groundings establish the
exhibition’s framework: presenting the works as art and design objects and providing a platform for
conceptual discourse.

Lying at the intersection of fine art, marketing, pop culture, product and graphic design, designer
toys are highly collectible objects for a post-Pop world. Artists use the infrastructure of mass production
to create variation, personal expression and limited edition objects that range in price from just a
few dollars to many thousands more. With roots in late 1980s graffiti culture, urban vinyl is a subversive
art form that is as much rebellious as it is playful. These art toys reject and appropriate familiar
consumer imagery, manipulating household names and visual icons from Disney to Chanel thereby
shifting control from brand to artist, and ultimately, consumer. Some manipulate familiar visual tropes
while others create their own original forms, characters and worlds.

For more details: www.dx.org

 
Start: February 6, 2014
End: May 18, 2014
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Location: Design Exchange

Kenojuak Ashevak: In Memoriam

September 28, 2013 – June 2014.

Isadore and Rosalie Sharp gallery.

With the passing of senior Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak in 2013, the Canadian cultural landscape has been significantly diminished. Over a long and influential career, Kenojuak produced innovative work that inspired her peers as well as younger generations of artists. Her visionary imagery drew on personal experience and reflected deep connections to family, community and her surroundings. Kenojuak’s lyrical animal forms remain, for many, absolutely central to the Canadian story.

Organized by Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: September 28, 2013
End: June 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

Sultans of Science: 1000 Years of Science Rediscovered

Celebrate important scientific and technological advancements and discoveries made by scholars during the Golden Age of the Islamic World (8th to 18th centuries). This exhibition highlights the multicultural roots of modern science and technology. Learn how these scholars developed the decimal point, flew the first successful glider and navigated the seas without a magnetic compass. Ten exhibition areas cover disciplines including astronomy, mathematics, optics and medicine. Organized by MTE Studios.

Time: Temporary Exhibition, open daily from March 7 to June 7, 2014.

Price: Free with general admission.</p>

Location: Level 6.

For more details: www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

Venue: Ontario Science Centre — 770 Don Mills Road

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Start: March 7, 2014
End: June 7, 2014
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Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater: Modest Livelihood

Signy Eaton Gallery

Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater’s collaborative film Modest Livelihood (2012) will make its Ontario premier this October at the AGO. The film is concerned with the use and self-determination of native land. Both its creators are indigenous artists: Jungen, internationally recognized for his sculptures, is DaneZaa, while Linklater, who has been working with moving image and performance to portray Native oral histories and learning methods, is Omaskêko Cree. Jungen and Linklater hunted together unsuccessfully for a moose in northern Ontario in the early stages of their collaboration on Modest Livelihood, which they directed and performed in.

Website: www.ago.net

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: October 26, 2013
End: June 15, 2014
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Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty

Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty brings together two giants of 20th-century British art in a major exhibition of sculpture and paintings. Organized by the AGO in conjunction with the U.K.’s renowned Ashmolean Museum, this exhibit will feature over 60 works by the two highly influential artists as well as a number of photographs and archival materials dating from the Second World War. Contemporaries but not friends, Bacon and Moore shared an obsession with expressing themes of suffering, struggle, and survival in relation to the human body. They survived the Second World War and were subsequently haunted by the conflict, which they represented through manifestations of the body in various states of contortion. Drawing on their personal experiences from the London Blitz, this exhibit demonstrates how the two artists reflected differently upon psychological torment. This is the first Canadian exhibition of Bacon’s work and the presentation also includes rarely-seen Moore artworks.

April 5 to July 20, 2014.

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas St. W.

TICKETS: Tickets for Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty are $16.50 for students and youth ages 17 and under, $21.50 for seniors, and $25 for adults. Admission is FREE for AGO members and for children ages five and under. AGO members also have access to an exclusive advance preview of the exhibition from April 2 – 4, 2014 before it opens to the public. For more information on AGO memberships, visit: www.ago.net/membership

Tickets can be booked in person, by phone at 416-979-6655 or online by visiting: bit.ly/1jHprBw

 
Start: April 5, 2014
End: July 20, 2014
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The Kids’ Gallery — Just Like Me: Explore, Imagine, Create

On December 21, come visit the AGO for the opening of The Kids’ Gallery, a space created especially for children and you. Together you can experience art first-hand, learn and have fun.

In this first exhibition of paintings and sculptures, you’ll encounter children from faraway times and places. Some are outside and some are at home, spending time with their family, friends and pets. Has life really changed that much over the years?

Check out the works of art. Make a portrait. Explore the books. Relax and stay a while.

Exhibition-inspired costumes and props are available for visitors to design, dress up and pose for their own portraits. Families are encouraged to post their photographs on Instagram with the #AGOkidsgallery hashtag to see their portrait appear on a screen in the space. The Kids’ Gallery activity centre also includes art books and a drawing station for budding artists inspired by the exhibited works.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: December 21, 2013
End: August 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario